My month in books – June

What’s happened in June?

My reading seems to have really slowed this down month, only 2 books read! That is like, some all time record low for me. I’ve been quite busy in the evenings and at weekends which has eaten into my reading time and The Night Circus is quite a long book and has taken a good 2 weeks to get through. Onwards into July with head held high……

Books read: 2 (and 90% of The Night Circus)

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe-Ship

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 2

The Monogram MurdersI Let You Go

Currently reading: Finishing off The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Favourite book for June: Not much to choose from so I would say The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

What’s coming up in July?

  • Blog tour for Holly Martin’s Fairytale Beginnings
  • Blog tour for Ann Troup’s The Lost Child
  • Continuing with #PaperbackSummer
  • My summer holiday to France for my brother’s wedding – yippee!!

How was your June reading and what are you looking forward to in July?

Book Review: The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsWhat’s it about?

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry…

My thoughts

This was my first pick from my TBR jar for #PaperbackSummer and my first impressions were that it’d be a fun light-hearted read; which it was.

One of the main characters, Charlotte, reminds me of movie Holly Golightly in her flighty and excitable nature and therefore I was not at all surprised that she should encourage a random stranger in Penelope to accompany her to tea with her Aunt Clare.

I loved the scenes at Clare’s; just gathering for tea once a week and the excitement Penelope felt in what would they be having to eat that week – showing her age and innocence.

With a new elegant serene cover which is very of its time the foreward by Miranda Hart is perfect for this 10th anniversary edition; from one tall woman to another! Penelope’s height is often referred to throughout; in her style, fashion and appropriate suitors.

The parts about Johnnie Ray and the concert made me reminiscent of the first concert I ever went to (New Kids on the Block 😉 ) and how that made me feel and the author expresses those teenage feelings perfectly.

This is a strange one in that it doesn’t feel like an amazingly different book, things happen without really happening and the story is delivered at a much slower pace; but you don’t really mind because you’re just soaking up its atmosphere. That said, it’s still incredibly engaging and captivating and manages to sweep you off into another time but still being totally relatable.

Many thanks to Headline for the limited edition copy received via Bookbridgr.

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WWW Wednesday (June 24th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I’m about half way through this book and I am enjoying it even though I’m finding it quite slow. The majority of what I’ve read has been about the setting up of the circus and the introduction of all the characters, of which there are a lot.

It’s very mysterious and magical and the writing is very descriptive and expressive and I can easily visualise the circus acts. It reminds me of the movie The Prestige which I love.

The blurb

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

I recently finished reading…

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

No change from last week’s post…

This is a strange one in that it’s not an amazingly different book but it’s still incredibly engaging and captivating with a gorgeous cover.

The parts about Johnnie Ray and the concert made me reminiscent of the first concert I ever went to (New Kids on the Block 😉 ) and how that made me feel and the author expresses those teenage feelings perfectly.

The blurb

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry…

What’s up next?

 Fairytale Beginnings by Holly MartinFairytale Beginnings

No change here from last week’s post…

I’m taking part in my first blog tour for ages in July and as I’m on my summer holidays mid-July I want to be ready and prepared. I don’t mind a bit of ‘chick-lit‘ now and again to break up the stuff I usually read and I did enjoy Holly’s previous novel The Guestbook.

The blurb

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone. As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

What are you all reading this week?

WWW Wednesday (June 17th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My second read for #PaperbackSummer and my book club choice for this month. I only started it last night so not got very far.

I first came across this book via You Tuber Carrie Hope Fletcher’s Books & Cake vlog (see here) and I now see it all over the place but it still seems  to be very popular and well received.

The blurb

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

I recently finished reading…

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

This is a strange one in that it’s not an amazingly different book but it’s still incredibly engaging and captivating with a gorgeous cover.

The parts about Johnnie Ray and the concert made me reminiscent of the first concert I ever went to (New Kids on the Block 😉 ) and how that made me feel and the author expresses those teenage feelings perfectly.

The blurb

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry…

What’s up next?

 Fairytale Beginnings by Holly MartinFairytale Beginnings

I’m taking part in my first blog tour for ages in July and as I’m on my summer holidays mid-July I want to be ready and prepared. I don’t mind a bit of ‘chick-lit‘ now and again to break up the stuff I usually read and I did enjoy Holly’s previous novel The Guestbook.

The blurb

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone. As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

What are you all reading this week?

WWW Wednesday (June 10th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsThe Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice

This is my first pick from my TBR jar for #PaperbackSummer and first impressions are that it’ll be a fun light-hearted read. One of the main characters, Charlotte, reminds me of movie Holly Golightly in her flighty and excitable nature.

The blurb

Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, this is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock’n’roll era.

Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love, but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn’t Elvis Presley, a vast but crumbling ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte’s sardonic cousin Harry…

I recently finished reading…

The-ShipThe Ship by Antonia Honeywell

This isn’t quite what I thought it would be; that said it’s an interesting read if a little slow in places. If you’re looking for the next Divergent etc then this isn’t it. It’s not action packed and doesn’t dwell on the dystopian theme but is more of an emotive journey of self-discovery and following your gut instinct.

The blurb

WELCOME TO LONDON

BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can’t produce your identity card, you don’t exist.

Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen.

Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?

What’s up next?

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is our book club read for June and it was my choice. The reaction from my fellow book clubbers was a little subdued so I’m hoping for a really good read.

The blurb

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

What are you all reading this week?